Monday, September 02, 2013

From Joe Wood on the Ipse Christus and Christ as Alph and Omega of Things to Come

On Mon, Sep 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM, Joseph Wood <>wrote:
1) You've probably got it memorized, but just in case, I happened on Catechism para #2782 today, which makes your central point very clearly.  Thought that having such a direct Catechism reference might help you with recalcitrants.

2) A Catholic Thing reader steered me to this by Peter Maurin, friend of Dorothy Day in the Catholic Worker movement -- happy Labor Day.

The Age of Order 

If we make
the right decisions
in the age of chaos
the effect of those decisions
will be a better order.
The new order
brought about
by right decisions
will be functional,
not acquisitive;
not socialist;
not collectivist;
not mechanistic.

The thing to do right now
is to create a new society
within the shell of the old
with the philosophy of the new,
which is not a new philosophy
but a very old philosophy,
a philosophy so old
that it looks like new.  

   Let me add to this, the quote from Leon Bloy:  “Every man who begets a free act projects his personality into the infinite. If he gives a poor man a penny grudgingly, that penny pierces the poor man’s hand, falls, pierces the earth, bores holes in suns, crosses the firmament and compromises the universe. If he begets an impure act, he perhaps darkens thousands of hearts whom he does not know, who are mysteriously linked to him, and who need this man to be pure as a traveler dying of thirst needs the Gospel’s draught of water. A charitable act, an impulse of real pity sings for him the divine praises, from the time of Adam to the end of the ages; it cures the sick, consoles those in despair, calms storms, ransoms prisoners, converts the infidel and protects mankind.”

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